Udaiyan Jatar (U.J.) has led global businesses like the $400 million joint venture between Coca-Cola and Nestle and launched many products across 6 continents. His innovation career spans 20 years in companies like Coca-Cola, P&G and Grey where he led the launches of brands like Pantene, Vicks, Sprite, Powerade, Nestea and Honda in different parts of the world. As Coke’s Global Vice-President for coffee, he created and launched a high margin business in 2006, Far Coast, which sells 100% Fair Trade etc. certified coffees. This is the first such brand launched by a Fortune 100 company.
Suhas Apte is a senior executive who has developed a valuable global perspective, extensive CPG industry experience and sustainability credentials based on a broad career path working in Asia-Pacific, developing markets, Europe and the United States. Suhas was most recently Global Sustainability Officer at Kimberly-Clark Corp., a $20 billion company with three global businesses. He is a Mechanical Engineer from India, with MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Charles Edwards is an inspirational leader, iconic brand development facilitator, and organizational change agent with solid experience leading operations in large corporate, NGO, entrepreneurial, academic, and NPO sectors. He has led major business turnaround initiatives over his 25 year IBM career. After IBM, Charles served as Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of the 1996 Paralympic Games and achieved the strongest financial and spectator results in their history. Charles grew up in Detroit, is a veteran, and earned bachelor’s industrial engineering (IE) and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan, and master’s IE from Wayne State University.
Bari Love most recently served as SVP, Communications & Marketing for the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC). Prior to that, she spent 25 years in marketing and PR at agencies including Fitzgerald & Co., Jackson Spalding and Ogilvy PR. Her clients included leaders in QSR, Franchising, Technology, Financial Services and Consumer Goods.
Bari graduated from the University of Alabama. She also earned certificates from the Georgia Tech Management Institute and The Robinson College and is an alumna of the 2006 Class of Leadership Atlanta.
Bari serves on numerous boards and most recently co-chaired fundraising for the "Power to Inspire" Tribute Dinner for the Center for Civil and Human Rights and was the Legacy Breakfast Chair for All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD). Recently, Bari was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers and later this month, she will receive the George Goodwin Award for her life-long commitment to our community.
Shaheera is an experienced CPG marketer who specializes in brand strategy, new product development and communication execution. After completing her MBA, Shaheera joined The Coca-Cola Company where she spent over 10 years managing global iconic brands including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta & Sprite. During her tenure Shaheera led a number of innovation initiatives and new product launches that delivered double digit growth. Shaheera is also credited with creating award winning marketing campaigns that are recognized both locally and globally by The Coca-Cola Company and industry piers. Shaheera combines her passion for marketing with delivering business results and has a proven track record of managing complex project across diverse geographies including USA, Far East, Middle East and Central Asia regions. Since joining The Blue Earth Network as Marketing Director, Shaheera has been the lead client manager for specialty hair & skincare products company.
Aaron Tovi is a dynamic creative strategist with a unique approach to creative development. While in school for graphic design, he became fascinated with brand strategy and worked part time as a brand consultant using a system he developed with a business partner. In the latter half of school, he led the development of a web app for real-time artist collaboration. Upon graduation, he worked in a small creative firm. During this time, he engaged in brand strategy, design, copywriting, screenwriting, and name development. On the side, Aaron wrote and art directed a conceptual music video for a grammy winning artist that has garnered over 2M views. Since joining Blue Earth Network as Director of Creative Services, Aaron has engaged in prototyping and creative development for brands like Regions Bank, Verizon, and Atlanta Bread Company.
Micah McLain is a marketing and sustainability professional who is passionate about helping companies that care just as much about their social and environmental impact on the planet as they do about their bottom line. He originally came to Atlanta in 2000 to get his bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Georgia Tech. After graduating in 2005, he designed and built concrete countertops, ran guerilla marketing campaigns for brands like Xbox and Smirnoff, ran a local t-shirt shop, worked as a business/marketing intern at Paste magazine, and was the studio manager for a local advertising agency. In 2011, Micah returned to Georgia tech for an MBA in marketing strategy and sustainability.
Matt is a graphic designer and artist with more than eight years of experience in advertising, editorial layout, marketing, prepress and digital design. He received his BFA from Clemson University with a focus in 2D art. He combines his love of fine art and graphic design to create complex illustrations and strong layout designs.
L. Hunter Lovins
L. Hunter Lovins is President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS). Hunter’s areas of expertise include Natural Capitalism, sustainable development, globalization, energy and resource policy, economic development, climate change, land management, and fire rescue and emergency medicine. Lovins has consulted with large and small companies including the International Finance Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Interface, Clif Bar, and Wal-Mart. Governmental clients include the Pentagon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and other agencies, numerous cities, and the governments of Jamaica, Australia, and the U.S. Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), Hunter is also currently faculty at Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Barbara O’Connor has a lifelong passion for marketing research. Her marketing research career spans many years and includes being Manager of Market Research for Scott Paper and Director of Market Research for CIGNA Group Insurance. In 1996, she started her own market research consulting business, conducting both quantitative and qualitative research for a wide array of clients, specializing in cultural tourism, pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods, and insurance. Barbara received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
Kate Warner (Consultant: Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Executive Coaching, Empathy Training) With 20 plus years of as an executive leader and artistic director with non-profit arts organizations such as Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta and Boston, Kate completed her EMBA with Georgia State Robinson College of Business in 2015 and joined Blue Earth Network. Kate has also served as the Managing Director with Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit from 1995 – 2004, which in December of 2004 moved into its new $5.4 million home, renovated downtown Atlanta landmark, The Balzer Theatre at Herren’s, and thus completing an award-winning strategic plan and capital campaign.
In her theatre career, Kate has directed nationally and championed new work from playwrights such as Lisa Kron, Alice Tuan, Peter Nachtrieb, Chris Craddock, Kyle Jarrow, Suzan-Lori Parks, Megan Gogerty, David J (Bauhaus), Caridad Svich, Lauren Gunderson, Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, Ross Maxwell, Rolin Jones, David Holstein, John Pierson, Steve Yockey, Heather Woodbury, Chay Yew, and Greg Kotis. Recognition for Kate’s directing work includes a Suzi Bass Award for Best Director 2006.
Kate serves on the GSU EMBA Alumni Board. Kate previously served as a board member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for non-profit theatres from 2006 – 2012 and co-chaired the 2012 National Conference in Boston. She is also a member and facilitator of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors’ Lab in New York, a member and panelist of the Directors Lab West in Los Angeles, and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She is also a graduate of Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI with a B.A. in Anthropology and Theatre.
At Blue Earth Network, Reiner specializes in leadership development and organizational transformation. He is also the author of The Boomerang Approach and the founder and president of BoomerangCoach, LLC, an executive coaching firm.
Reiner’s expertise draws on more than 35 years of experience in global leadership roles in the US and Germany and spans multiple industries with such companies as Hewlett-Packard, Nixdorf Computer AG, Sperry Univac (now part of Unisys) and Mehler AG/Gloeggler-Group. During his more than 20 years at Hewlett-Packard, he helped to start and develop HP Software into a multi-billion dollar global business unit. He also provided leadership coaching and training to HP managers worldwide.
Reiner’s clients value the combination of his experiences as a global business leader and entrepreneur and his passion and strength for developing people, teams, and organizations.
In addition to his corporate roles, he has served for many years on the Steering Committee of the Fort Collins Sustainability Group in Colorado and has been a member of the City of Fort Collins Climate Task Force.
Reiner earned his MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Paderborn in Germany. He is certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and received advanced executive coaching trainings and certifications from Newfield Network, based in Boulder/Colorado and N.E.W.S. Coaching & Training®, based in Lausanne/Switzerland. He is also certified by Team Coaching International™.
Born in Germany, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and works with individual and organizational clients worldwide. He is fluent in English and German.
Gifford Pinchot III
Gifford Pinchot III is a well-known author (Intrapreneuring in Action), and is credited for inventing the term, Intrapreneurship, by Norman Macrae in a 1982 article in the Economist. Gifford helps clients launch businesses and manage innovation. He has helped to launch over 700 businesses, several of which are each doing over a billion dollars in sales. He has also built four companies, sold three of them, one of which created an astounding return of over 10,000 percent for the original investors. Since 1983 Mr. Pinchot’s clients have included half of the “Fortune 100”, and numerous government and nonprofit organizations as well as clients on every continent except Antarctica. Gifford Pinchot is the President and co-founder of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, which offers an MBA that integrates sustainability and social responsibility with innovation and profit. Mr. Pinchot graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1965 with an A.B. degree in economics, then completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in neurophysiology at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Joy McCarthy is a licensed business psychologist with extensive experience in both Fortune 100 companies and small entrepreneurial firms as well as nonprofit organizations. Dr. McCarthy has worked with leaders and their teams to achieve their most transformative and challenging goals. Her areas of specialty include leadership assessment and coaching, team development, organizational design, and strategic innovative thinking and execution. She has an expertise in the administration, interpretation and development of multiple forms of diagnostics tools.